New Delhi. July 13 is a very special day in the history of Indian cricket. This is the day when Sourav Ganguly came into the limelight 20 years ago by taking off his jersey in the final of the NatWest series played at the historic ground of Lord’s. In 2002, the final match of the NatWest Series was played at the Lord’s Ground in London. The all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif recorded an almost impossible victory in India’s account. Due to these two, India won its name by reversing the lost bet.
Yuvi and Kaif
On 13 July 2002, the NatWest Series (India vs England NatWest Series Final 2002) was played between India and England. Team India is captained by current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Was doing. India won by 2 wickets with 3 balls to spare on this ground called the Mecca of cricket. Man of the match Mohammad Kaif was adjudged who scored 87 runs in 75 balls and returned unbeaten. Yuvraj Singh also scored 69 runs in 63 balls with the help of 9 fours and 1 six. After this victory, Ganguly, known as ‘Dada’, celebrated by taking off his jersey on the balcony of Lord’s and it became one of the most special and memorable scenes of Indian cricket.
The target of 326 runs was met
Under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, Team India won the Natwest Trophy by defeating England in the final on their own soil. At Lord’s, the hosts made a huge score of 325 runs for 5 wickets. Captain Nasser Hussain and opener Marcus Trescothick scored centuries. Marcus scored 109 runs in 100 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes, while Hussain contributed 115 runs off 128 balls with 10 fours. Both added 185 runs for the second wicket. Zaheer Khan took 3 wickets for India while Ashish Nehra and Anil Kumble got 1-1 wickets.
India lost 5 wickets for 146 runs
Chasing the target of 326 runs, India lost 5 wickets for just 146 runs. In such a situation, many disappointed viewers turned off the TV set. Veteran opener Virender Sehwag contributed 45 and captain Ganguly contributed 60 runs. Dinesh Mongia 9 while the legendary Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed after scoring 14 runs. The great wicketkeeper Rahul Dravid returned to the pavilion after scoring 5 runs. After this, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif gave the victory to Team India while batting brilliantly. Batting in a restrained manner, both added 121 runs for the sixth wicket.
Kaif became man of the match
Mohammad Kaif, who came to bat at number 7 in the match, played an unbeaten 87 in this memorable match and gave India a historic victory over England. Kaif and Yuvraj Singh showed a great game. Victory hero Mohammad Kaif became ‘Man of the Match’ for the first time in his career. The combined age of Yuvraj and Kaif was then 41 years.
Flintoff was answered by ‘Dada’
It is believed that Ganguly replied to Andrew Flintoff by taking off the jersey. In the same year, Flintoff waved his T-shirt in the air after winning the ODI match against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After England won the match, the series was then leveled at 3-3, after which Flintoff took off his T-shirt and walked around the field.
Kaif had retired in the year 2018 only on 13th July.
How memorable this day is in Kaif’s life, it can be gauged from the fact that he also chose this date for retirement. When Kaif decided to retire from cricket in the year 2018, he chose the day of 13 July to announce it. Announcing his retirement, he wrote, ‘It has been 16 years since the victory in the Natwest Trophy and today I am retiring.’ Ganguly is currently the President of BCCI while Kaif plays the role of commentator in many important series.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 13, 2022, 07:02 IST